The Advisory Teaching Service


The Advisory Teaching Service (ATS) is a Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) advisory support service.


The service comprises specialist teams working across the localities of Gloucester and Forest, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, Stroud and Cotswold. It provides early intervention, transition and Graduated Pathway support to Schools, Settings and Families in order to provide best outcomes for children and young people (CYP) 0-25 years.

The Countywide Team provides specialist support to CYP who have a Sensory / Physical / or Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) need. These needs include Hearing Impairment (HI), Visual Impairment (VI), Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI), Physical Disability (PD) and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC).

The Cognition and Learning / Social Emotional/Mental Health Team (C&L/SEMH) support CYP’s who are likely to experience high level difficulties, due to their social and emotional needs. They work closely with schools to identify pupils who experience persistent difficulties in acquiring literacy and numeracy skills (including Specific Learning Difficulties and Dyslexia). 

The Communication and Interaction Team (C&I Team) support children whose primary need relates to communication and interaction who have severe social communication difficulties, and those on the autism spectrum.

The C&I Team organise parent information programmes, to support parents of children with severe social communication difficulties and/or a diagnosis on the autism spectrum at pre-school. They also deliver the NAS Early Bird Training.

Referrals to ATS are via the referral form which must include parental/carer consent.

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